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Sorrow and Bliss - Meg Mason

Sorrow and Bliss - Meg Mason

Title: Sorrow and Bliss

Author:  Meg Mason

ISBN:  9781474622974

Weight:  912 g

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Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason

Everyone tells Martha Friel she is clever and beautiful, a brilliant writer who has been loved every day of her adult life by one man, her husband Patrick.  A gift, her mother once said, not everybody gets.

So why is everything broken?  Why is Martha – on the edge of 40 – friendless, practically jobless and so often sad?  And why did Patrick decide to leave?

Maybe she is just too sensitive, someone who finds it harder to be alive than most people.  Or maybe – as she has long believed – there is something wrong with her.  Something that broke when a little bomb went off in her brain, at 17, and left her changed in a way that no doctor or therapist has ever been able to explain.

Forced to return to her childhood home to live with her dysfunctional, bohemian parents (but without the help of her devoted, foul-mouthed sister Ingrid), Martha has one last chance to find out whether a life is ever too broken to fix – or whether, maybe, by starting over, she will get to write a better ending for herself.

Peer & Press Reviews

An incredibly funny and devastating debut… enlivened, often, by a madcap energy.  Yet it still manages to be sensitive and heartfelt, and to offer a nuanced portrayal of what it means to try to make amends and change.

Fiona Wright, Guardian

This richly spiced novel is a pleasure from the first page to the last…  Its beautifully understated, airy style conceals the fiercest intelligence.  I loved it so much that I stalked the author on social media – a first.  Just read it.  It’s unforgettable.

India Knight, Sunday Times Culture

I’ve never read a novel about the impact of mental illness on the life of a woman, and those around her, like this.  It is simply brilliant, and Martha’s voice is a joy: hilarious, sharp and devastating.  A must read.

Alice O'Keefe, Editor's Choice, The Bookseller

Bibliographic Info

TitleSorrow and Bliss
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn a signature page, tipped-in before the title page.
(Printed on this page is the title, the author’s name, the phrase ‘Signed by the author’, the publisher’s name, and the month / year of publication.)
Awards and Media
Media adaptation

New Regency has won the TV and film rights to Meg Mason’s debut novel in a competitive auction.  HarperCollins Australia and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates brokered the deal.

Yariv Milchan, New Regency’s chairman and CEO, said, “Meg is a tremendously talented writer and we are excited to bring Sorrow and Bliss to screen.”

Book Stats
PublisherOrion Publishing Group
ImprintWeidenfeld & Nicolson
Publication date
Printed byClays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 139781474622974
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)241 x 161 x 32mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photographGrant Sparkes-Carroll
Jacket designAmy Daoud, Harpercollins Design Studio
Jacket photographStocksy

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